1 BCA History tion’s focal points, as the margin-
ally housed population encoun-
2 Dr. Robert C. Scott tered greater risk for both HIV
transmission and going un-
3 Positive Expression
treated. BCA’s Rafiki Housing
4 HIV/AIDS Border Discrimination Program (at the Brandy Moore
House) was tailor-made for the City’s Some people forget that love is
5 Sitting Down with James tucking you in and kissing you
marginally housed and homeless
6 Living Now Black HIV/AIDS populations. "Good night"
no matter how young or old you are
7 Volunteering/Donating The medical advances prolonging the
lives of people living with HIV/AIDS
Where We Come From prompted BCA to expand its services
to better connect its clients to medi-
Some people don't remember that
1986 was historic cal providers. BCA currently pro- listening and laughing and asking
for San Francisco’s vides four classifications of services: questions
Black community. HIV Prevention and Education, Case no matter what your age
Not only was it the Management, Housing and Health
first federal observance of Dr. Martin Awareness. To get a full list of the or-
Luther King, Jr. Day, but ’86 saw the ganization’s programs and services, Few recognize that love is
formation of Black Coalition on AIDS visit www.bcoa.org. commitment, responsibility
(BCA). In the years since its incep- no fun at all
BCA doesn’t solely focus on the medi-
tion, BCA became a space for the unless
cal aspect of HIV/AIDS and other
City’s affected Black community to
health disparities. The organization
mobilize against the HIV/AIDS epi-
infuses a variety of social activities
demic. BCA continues its mission Love is
into its mission. For example, Satur-
―…to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS You and me
daze provides HIV positive Black men
and eliminate health disparities in the
a venue for community-building
Black community.‖—2008 Strategic
through health chats, holistic healing
services and continental breakfast.
Response to HIV/AIDS has changed BCA also sponsors movie nights, sa-
throughout the years since BCA’s lons, game nights and even incorpo-
founding. In the 1980s, as the na- rates yoga and dance sessions.
tional HIV/AIDS agenda focused on
BCA is headquartered and provides
education, BCA launched a culturally
most services at 2800 Third Street.
competent Black-targeted public
The organization’s location in the
education campaign, ―Black People
City’s Southeast corridor ensures that
Get AIDS Too.‖ In response to The
its services are accessible to indi-
Ryan White Act service deliverables
viduals in neighborhoods that have
defined by the 1990s, BCA followed
been identified as the City's most un-
suit with its own services for the
derserved communities—Bay View-
City’s affected Black population.
Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and
Housing became one of the organiza-
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BCA Salutes Dr. Robert C. Scott, 1944-2009 The words expressed on this page
cannot begin to convey the true
depth of character Dr. Scott worked
all his life developing; but, at the very
least, the following will provide a
window into the extraordinary life
that served and advocated on behalf
of those infected with and affected by
the HIV/AIDS epidemic nationally
Dr. Scott provided health services to
affected Bay Area residents at the
start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the
early 1980s. He also co-founded
AIDS Project East Bay. While he also
served individuals without HIV/AIDS
in his Oakland-based office, his ex-
pertise related to the epidemic and
advocacy on behalf of those impacted
led him into becoming a well-
respected among providers within
the U.S. and abroad.
In 2004, Dr. Scott became the first
Black American doctor licensed to
World Activist Humanitarian Leading Physician Philanthropist practice medicine in Zimbabwe. Up
until the time of his death, Dr. Scott
2008 Recipient of BCA’s Naomi Gray Leadership Award provided health services to thou-
sands in the Mutoko and Harare com-
“...beyond our grief, we can still munities in Zimbabwe. He never ac-
imagine the good doctor smiling cepted payment for his services. The
down from somewhere, AIDS Ministry, which Dr. Scott co-
convinced that his work is founded through his church, Allen
testimony that some wounds do Temple Baptist, raised the funds
heal.” needed for Dr. Scott’s crusade
against HIV/AIDS abroad.
“He inspired scores of Ameri-
cans, particularly from the Bay Dr. Scott leaves behind a legacy of
Area of California, to make compassion and determination. His
life-changing trips to Zim- work has inspired many Bay Area
babwe, as they went to volunteer residents to travel to Zimbabwe to
at the clinics and at the [Mother provide services at his clinic abroad.
of Peace] Orphanage.” Moreover, his devotion to fighting the
epidemic in the Bay Area provided
“...his presence transformed what
many community health organiza-
would normally be a sad and som-
tions a great advocate and resource
bre experience into a cheery and
in the collective struggle against HIV/
fun-filled one. Here was this big,
AIDS. He will be missed.
imposing figure, with an
amazingly soft and comely per-
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Poz Expressions: Artworks from Positives
There is something to be said for the
adage: ―a picture is worth a thousand
words.‖ As part of Visual AIDS, many
artists living with HIV/AIDS express
their hopes, fears and dreams
through the stroke of the brush or the
mold of the clay. Visual AIDS,
founded in 1988, mobilizes HIV/AIDS
activism by promoting awareness
and visibility of the epidemic to pro-
mote dialog through the medium of
Several African-American artists have
contributed to the creative represen-
tation of HIV/AIDS and, most impor-
tantly, have continued to provide ma-
terial for discussion and to keep pub-
lic attention on the epidemic. In-
cluded in Visual AIDS are a few works "Physics B," 2007; mixed media by
from positive African American men Remerro Trotsky Williams (aged 53 at
and women. As you look at each time of submission; diagnosed in
piece, think about how each included 1990).
piece adds to the dialog on the epi-
demic. To see full artist biographies
please visit The Body’s website at
"Pill Factory," 1999; film and ink, 10x8" "Praise thru Grief," 2000; terra cotta,
by Michael Lee (aged 43 at time of sub- cloth & paint, 11" x 6" x 2" by Joyce
mission; diagnosed in 1989). McDonald (aged 57 at time of submis-
sion; diagnosed in 1995).
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HIV/AIDS at the Border
HIV/AIDS has been a prominent ignorance defined by social construc- The President continued showing
health concern in the United States tion based on fear and misunder- commitment to citizens living with
for almost three decades. The epi- standing: HIV/AIDS by signing The Ryan White
demic’s power is rooted deep within HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of
the social construction of society, 2009, which will ensure that the unin-
The ban was based on "old thinking
whether American or global. Many sured and underinsured have access
about how you stop the progression of
people living with HIV/AIDS have to treatment.
a disease without understanding the
endured society’s fear, misunder- science," said conference attendee
standing and hatred of a virus whose Ravinia Hayes-Cozier, director of gov- According to The Kaiser Family Foun-
nature, unlike the common cold, sur- ernment relations and public policy for dation, The Ryan White CARE Act is
passes the bounds of physical health. National Minority AIDS Council."The the single largest federal grant pro-
science and policy has finally caught gram designated specifically for HIV/
For more than two decades, the up with each other.” AIDS.—North County Gazette
United States has barred individuals
entrance into the country based on In 2009, President Obama completed Both the extension of Ryan White and
the simple phrase: HIV Positive. The steps taken by the Bush Administra- the repeal of the ban on U.S. entry
ban was enacted in 1987 at a time of tion to address health-based dis- against individuals living with HIV/
ignorance and fear of the seemingly crimination by reversing the ban on AIDS marks a milestone in American
virulent epidemic. The following ex- U.S. entry against individuals living history; these actions are picking
cerpt from SFGate.com sums up the with HIV/AIDS. away at the stigmatization of HIV/
Good Hand Hygiene
Wet your hands with running water and apply soap. Use
warm water if it is available. 1-World AIDS Day - Observance at BCA
Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces. 3,10, 17 & 23 - Afro Cuban Salsa and
Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hip Hop Aerobics– 6:30pm-7:30pm. These
Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice-through to a friend! events take place at BCA headquarters at 2800
Rinse hands well under running water Third Street, San Francisco.
Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible,
use your paper towel to turn off the faucet February
5 - March to the Castro (see www.bcoa.org for
7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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Discussions: Interview with BCA Client James by Phillip and David
Recently, we asked one of our clients P: Describe how you were living at the P: Then?
to participate in a Q and A session on time. Were you with somebody; were you
how HIV has impacted his life. James’ alone? J: Then what happened after that—I went
responses were powerful because home to tell my mother. Now that was the
they went beyond the intention of the J: I was living at home. worst thing I could have done.
questions, instead revealing the intri-
cate and interconnected nature of P: So, then, you are originally from Philly? P: Why is that?
health and acceptance. James’ story
is one of betrayal, self-acceptance J: Yes. When I got out of the Army I went J: Because my mother is from the old-
and the search for love. The phoenix to visit Mom. I got out of the Army in ’87. school, and she does not believe in gay
symbolizes James. Like the mythical And then I stayed with Mom a little while, people—she is totally against the gay life.
bird, James rose from the ashes, and and then I went back to Mom’s house in And she told me that the reason I have HIV
has been thriving; he does not let HIV ’89, and that’s when I caught shingles. At is because when I was 8 years old I was
stop him from living life. We are hon- raped by my eldest brother. Now, first of
that time they called it the adult version of
ored to have James’ permission to the chickenpox. all, if I was raped, it was her duty as my
share the interview with his case guardian to notify the authorities—she
manager, Phillip Watson. James’ P: What was the first thing that came to never did. I never knew that I was raped.
name is shortened to J and Phillip’s is your mind when you found out? All those years. I’m 33 years old now, and
shortened to P. all of a sudden I find out I was raped when
J: Found out I had HIV? I went into denial. I was 8 years old. So, I called my eldest
********************************* I did not seek medical attention for possi- sister because my elder sister and me are
bly 9 years. like that *gives hand signal for closeness*.
P: This is your story. Feel free to answer
I called her and I said, “Sheila is that
what you want, and don’t answer what you
P: Really? So you didn’t take any HIV true?” And she said, “yes, it’s true, but
don’t want to—don’t feel obligated at all.
meds? You were treated for shingles and sometimes when something happens to
Let’s start from the very beginning. Can
that was it? children they blot it out of their minds until
you describe how you found out that you
someone brings it back up.” And my
were HIV positive?
J: That was it. mother waited all those years to bring it
J: Yes. I caught shingles, and that’s when
P: When did you decide—?
they ran blood tests on me—that was back
P: So, how old was your brother at the
J: To see a physician? When I came to time?
California. I came to California in ’94.
P: Where were you?
And when I came to California I joined a J: He was 21.
church—I joined First Missionary Baptist
J: I was in Louisiana.
Church, which was in Marin City, but I P: So, did you ever find support around
was living in Oakland. There we had that event?
P: What part?
prayer partners. A minister was my prayer
partner. What happened was I caught shin- J: No.
gles again. That’s when my prayer partner
told me I needed to go check that out. I P: When did you find support for HIV?
P: What were their services like at the
went to Marin Treatment Center, which is
in Marin County. And they ran another J: When I moved to Marin.
HIV test on me. And that’s 1998. I told the
J: They didn’t have services.
doctor at that time “you’re a liar. I don’t P: So, you started participating in support
have HIV.” But then they set me up with a groups then?
P: So you just happened to go to the doctor
because of shingles? An emergency room?
J: No, I became a Positive Speaker.
P: So, after you got set up with a doctor
J: I went to the doctor because I had shin-
they put you on meds? P: Was it for a particular agency?
gles. When he ran the blood test on me—to
be honest with you, I was diagnosed AIDS
J: Yeah, they put me on meds. J: For Marin AIDS Project. A little after
. I went to the high schools…
To see James' full interview, go to our website at www.bcoa.org
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Living Now is an adapted community research model comprised of 10 workshop sessions. It is designed to help HIV
-positive men and women manage their medications and develop coping skills for living productive lives. For more
information, call Tewedros (Teddy) Teketel at (415) 615-9945, ext. 116.
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Make a Financial Contribution to 3,000 individuals in 2008 and
BCA has been serving the San
BCA provided case management
Francisco African American
Invest in the Health and Wellness of community for over 23 years to at least 300 clients. Now we
your community by making a contribu- to meet the urgent needs of need your help to continue to
tion to BCA. You may make a one-time the Black HIV/AIDS popula- make a difference in our com-
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or contribute whenever you’d like. existing agencies and ser-
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send your contribution by mail. You get targeted programs and ser- of volunteering with us.
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